I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new album from American Aquarium and was an early sign-up to the bands Kickstarter campaign that launched back in November of last year, the album officially gets released on August 28th but I’ve being lucky enough to get a heads-up copy from the bands PR folks and I can report back it’s a real killer release and is bound to figure on the end-of-year best-of lists.
Those familiar with some of the bands earlier releases, all of which I heartily recommend (but if you have to pick one go for Dances for the Lonely) will know the band can mix it with the very best alt-country barroom bands, on this release though they distil the passion and pain, love, loss, the highs, the lows and in-betweens (tenuous link) of a band living the rock ‘n’ roll dream at the dark end of the street.
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When You Need A Train It Never Comes by Amanda Shires
A Beat Surrender favourite Amanda Shires tours the UK and Ireland in April and May, the Texan fiddler-singer-songwriter is accompanied by long-time collaborator Rod Picott on guitar and Todd Pertll on lap steel.
There are also sessions planned with Bob Harris for his Radio 2 Sunday show and Barry Marshall-Everitt’s House Of Mercy whilst she’s over this side of the pond.
Last years album Carry Lightning made number seven on my Best of and remains a firm favourite.
Sat 14 Turners Hill House Concert West Sussex www.houseconcerts.org.uk
Sun 15 Kirton in Lindsey Diamond Jubilee Town Hall www.kirtoninlindseytownhall.co.uk
Tue 17 Kinross Backstage at The Green Hotel www.mundellmusic.com
Wed 18 Glasgow Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club 01419 591428 or 07804 447511
Thu 19 Leicester The Musician www.themusicianpub.co.uk
Fri 20 Bedford Holy Moly’s at Esquires www.bedfordesquires.com
Sat 21 . . . → Read More: Amanda Shires · UK & Ireland Tour · April-May 2012
Band of Holy Joy How To Kill A Butterfly
Band of Holy Joy – A Clear Night, a Shooting Star, a Song for Boo by BeatSurrender
Wonderfully crafted the songs preach with a desolate beauty leaving behind plenty of food-for-thought
I’ve listened and enjoyed some great music this year but none better than this album from Band Of Holy Joy which just stopped me in my tracks, but it doesn’t end with the musical brilliance as the CD release is packaged beautifully too in a book format with wonderful original artwork by Inga Tillere, for your chance to win a copy drop us an Email with the subject line BOHJ and I’ll pick a random entry and put a copy of the CD in the post to you (overseas entries welcome)
2 Zoe Muth & Lost High Rollers Starlight Hotel
Muth’s vocal is just perfect, sad, sincere, achingly beautiful
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